Escaping the Heat Wave

The summer is showing off, and a heat wave is rolling over Europe and Switzerland with temperatures above 30 degree Celsius. Knowing physics, a way to escape the heat is: going up. And this is what we did. The downside of this is: I postponed my exploration of the Freedom KL25Z board. So instead of a tech post, this is a picture post :grin:…

To Hochflue from Gätterli

To Hochflue from Gätterli

The goal was to get on top of the Rigi Hochflue mountain. Getting up there was on my ‘bucket list’ for a long time: That mountain is very close to where I live and work, andthe view on top is breath taking. The peak is 1698 m above sea level, and is definitely not an easy hike. It requires some not too difficult climbing.

The tour was along this route: Arth-GoldauRigi Scheidegg – Gätterli – Rigi Hochflue and back on the South Route to Scheidegg and  Arth-Goldau.

We started the mountain tour from the Rigi Scheidegg:

From the Scheidegg, view to the south

From the Scheidegg, view to the south

From there we started our descend to the Gätterli summit, and our tour destination peak came closer:

Hochflue from above Gätterli

Hochflue from above Gätterli

After passing the Gätterli, our steep ascent to the Hochflue started. We used the direct way from the Gätterli to the Rigi Hochflue (West Route), now having the Scheidegg in our back:

View back from above Gätterli to the Scheidegg

View back from above Gätterli to the Scheidegg

Temperature was going up, so was our way. Luckily the forests and mountain path provided some shadow. Getting closer to the peak which has a mountain cross which is visible from far distance:

Hochflue peak with cross

Hochflue peak with cross

But the last part is very steep and needs a lot of energy and climbing. The last 25 meters only can be crossed using a steel stairway:

Steel stairway climbing on last 25 meters on the way to the peak

Steel stairway climbing on last 25 meters on the way to the peak

Finally, on top of the Rigi Hochflue :cool::

Distance signals on top of the Hochflue

Distance signals on top of the Hochflue

Obviously, we were not the only ones having the same idea:

50 Year Anniversary Celebration and Service

50 Year Anniversary Celebration and Service

Actually there was another reason to climb that mountain: to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the mountain cross installation.

Mountain Music

Mountain Music playing

And for a the party part: good old strong coffee cooking :-):

Traditional Coffee Cooking

Traditional Coffee Cooking

And there was enough time to enjoy small wildlife and the stunning views:

Wild Bee on Mountain Flower

Wild Bee on Mountain Flower

View to the East with Lake Lowerz and Mythen Peaks in the Background

View to the East with Lake Lowerz and Mythen Peaks in the Background

View to the North with the Rossberg and the Rockslide Area from 1806

View to the North with the Rossberg and the Rockslide Area from 1806

View to the West with Rigi and Lake Zug

View to the West with Rigi and Lake Zug

Time to start our descent using the South Route:

On the south track, View back to the peak

On the south track, View back to the peak

This descent way is very steep too:

South Descend with Mythen Moutntain in the Background

South Descend with Mythen Moutntain in the Background

The most critical parts have cables installed:

South Way down with cables installed

South Way down with cables installed

Lake of Four Cantons

Lake of Four Cantons

On the descent with the Lake of Four Cantons:

On the way down to the Gätterli

On the way down to the Gätterli

Last look back to the Hochflue

Last look back to the Hochflue from the Rigi Scheidegg

That was a beautiful day. Let’s see what I can do with the Freedom KL25Z board next week.

Happy Escaping 🙂

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